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Shrines of Gaiety
Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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MrsMalaprop
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The lovely @Jeg chose this for book club and we discussed it at our meeting tonight. I love Kate Atkinson and have committed to reading as many of her books as I can.

This was a like but not a love for me. There are others I‘d recommend over this one. Still, an interesting read about the clubs of Soho in 1929. Lots of strong female characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Jeg
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Book club tonight . It‘s my turn. I picked this book. First time I picked a book I hadn‘t read. Not a good idea . I‘m a little over the story . I think I enjoyed the book. So many characters though. Hard to keep track of at first. It was a little too long for me but it all came together in the end. Very quickly all ends tied. I was just sad for one characters ending. Discussion always interesting at book club. Just need to stay awake now. 😏.

Suet624 Good luck!! 3w
Jeg @Suet624 it went well. I stayed awake and the discussion was great. Most agreed it was a good read but perhaps not her best . She has written so much. 3w
Suet624 Oh good. And you‘re right, she has! 2w
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Bookboss
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Kate Atkinson has become an auto-buy author for me. I love her Jackson Brody series, and I have enjoyed several of her other books. Shrines of Gaiety focuses on Nellie who owns several nightclubs in London during the 20s. Atkinson develops a fascinating cast of characters who participate in the nightlife. The chapters are short, which helps to propel the story. As always, Atkinson‘s writing is superb. Loved it.

mcctrish KA is an auto buy for me too ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
CarolynM I love Kate Atkinson and I loved this❤️ 3w
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KristiAhlers
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Mehso-so

So this is my Goldsboro edition of this new release. I have to say I wanted to like it way more. I mean 1920‘s mobsters, nightlife and a larger (probably the real issue) than life set of characters but at times it was a slog. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read

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Pinta
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A big cast of characters takes a long set-up, sure, but felt draggy after a showy opening chapter, lost my interest. Pacing seems off? Rather reread “Life After Life.” Bailed. 2022

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HeatherBookNerd
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Mehso-so

Sad to say I did not love this new novel from one of my very favorite authors. It‘s long-winded and a tad dull, which is surprising given that the entire book deals with nightclubs, gangsters, drugs, and murders in 1920s London. Bad cops, missing girls, and extravagant nightlife in the big city should have made for a real page turner. And yet.

I still adore Kate Atkinson, but this one is not at the top of my list.

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Aims42
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#readingbracket2022 “Shrines of Gaiety” won out easily for the month, BUT choosing between it and “Other Birds” was so tough!! It was a battle of one of my ‘auto-buy‘ authors (Kate Atkinson) versus a new to me author (Sarah Addison Allen). By the tightest of margins Atkinson won out 🙌 These decisions are only going to get harder I think 😬

Bklover I love Kate Atkinson! 1mo
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Sophronisba
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“Is it a hanging?” an eager newspaper delivery boy asked no one in particular. He was short, just thirteen years old, and was jumping up and down in an effort to obtain a better view of whatever it was that had created the vaudeville atmosphere.

#FridayReads #FirstLineFriday

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Ephemera
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I have read almost every book by Kate Atkinson and enjoyed them all. This book is another winner. Set in London in 1926, it follows the life of Nellie Coker and her adult children. Nellie owns five popular nightclubs frequented by the rich and famous. She has just been released from prison for violating the liquor laws as the book begins. Full of interesting characters and droll humor, the story is a page turner. Five stars. Go grab it!

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CarolynM
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A sprawling story of the 1920‘s London underworld. Nellie Coker & her adult children run the most fashionable nightclubs in town. Policemen of both the upstanding & corrupt variety have her in their sights. Underage provincial girls desert their parents for a dream of life on a West End stage pursued by an intrepid librarian. Kate Atkinson draws all these threads together against the background of the aftermath of WWI. It‘s wonderful, I loved it.

Freespirit I‘m putting this on my list! Sounds great Carolyn 2mo
Cinfhen Beautiful review 😁 2mo
julesG Wonderful picture and great review. 2mo
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CarolynM @Freespirit I think you‘ll like it🙂 Hope all‘s well with you😘 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen @julesG Thank you😘😘 2mo
CarolynM @Lizpixie Enjoy!😘 (edited) 2mo
Centique And just look at those gorgeous freesias! I bet they smell beautiful. I‘m glad the book was so good - stacked! 2mo
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Aims42
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Kate Atkinson is one of those authors that I love reading because you get lost in her writing. I‘ve read 4 of her books and now I know to expect not having a clue on what‘s happening or who anyone is (or how they‘re connected) for the first 50ish pages. I know everything will come together beautifully and just perfectly in the end. This was no exception, which made me LOVE it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jlhammar Wonderful review and lovely photo! Atkinson is one of my favorite authors and I‘m so looking forward to this. 2mo
Cazxxx What a lovely picture 🧡 2mo
TrishB Agree totally- she introduces so much in the beginning but you have to trust she‘ll pull it all together appropriately! 2mo
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Aims42 @jlhammar Thank you! I hope you also enjoy it when you get to it 😊 2mo
Aims42 @Cazxxx Thanks!! ☺️🧡🍁 2mo
Aims42 @TrishB Yes, exactly!! You have to trust her, she knows what she‘s doing 😄 2mo
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sprainedbrain
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Atkinson is just so good…

Fantastic historical fiction, set in London between the two world wars in the roaring 20s, with a (typical for this author) huge cast of well-defined characters. The story is so engaging and manages to be funny, melancholy, mysterious, thrilling and endearing all at once.

I would have liked more of a wrap up for a couple of characters in particular, but I can acknowledge the ending is probably perfect as is.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookBosomed1 I‘m reading this right now. I‘ve never read anything by this author, but it seems people love her. 2mo
CarolynM I actually loved the way she left Gwendolyn and Niven. Frobisher‘s end came as a shock, though. 2mo
sprainedbrain @CarolynM I‘m just glad she left them alive. 😳 2mo
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Ruthiella
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It‘s here! Now the question is, will I read it “soon” (in the next 2-5 years?) or “right away” (within the next 12 months)? 🤔😜

TrishB 😂😂 in the same week! 2mo
Ruthiella @TrishB 😂😂 2mo
jlhammar 😆 Such a gorgeous cover! Loving that Atkinson shelf. I‘d like to read this right away, but have got a lot going and lined-up so we‘ll see. By the end of the year for sure. 2mo
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Ruthiella @jlhammar It‘s beautiful underneath too as a naked hardback. I‘d love to drop everything and start it, but like you, I‘ve got other stuff lined up first. If only I were independently wealthy and could quit my job! 😂 2mo
Branwen That is sooooo gorgeous! 😍📚💕 2mo
Ruthiella @Branwen I is a beautiful cover! 😍 2mo
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TrishB
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Vintage Atkinson- If you love her writing, you‘ll love this. Lots of characters and lots of action, expected and unexpected. All delivered with Atkinson‘s usual dry humour.

Lindy Can‘t wait! 2mo
Ruthiella Great! I‘m really looking forward to this one! 😃 (edited) 2mo
Aims42 Yay!! Reading it now, only a few pages in, I‘m so excited to continue!! 2mo
TrishB @Lindy @Ruthiella @Aims42 hope you all love it! 2mo
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TrishB
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Morning view for the start of a relaxing day of reading 😁

Leftcoastzen Wonderful! 2mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 2mo
Cathythoughts ♥️ 2mo
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Caroline2 Lovey! 😊 2mo
Karons1 It‘s a great 👍 book 📖 enjoy 😉 I loved it 🥰 hope they make it into a tv 📺 series x 2mo
AmyG Beautiful 😍 2mo
batsy Isn't that gorgeous 😍 2mo
kspenmoll What a gorgeous view! 2mo
CarolynM Lovely view😍 Are you enjoying the book? I‘m visiting my parents, so not much reading time, but 150 pages in and loving it. 2mo
BarbaraBB It all looks fabulous 🥰 2mo
TrishB @Karons1 @CarolynM I‘m loving it ♥️ 2mo
jlhammar Wow, so beautiful! I am loving all of these reading retreat posts! Looks like an amazing weekend. 2mo
Reggie Not in a bad way but I want something spooky to happen to ya‘ll. Like you keep seeing a light that floats through the trees at night. Lol. Not really, hope you have a great time. 2mo
TrishB @jlhammar it is beautiful and I‘m grateful to be here 😁 2mo
TrishB @Reggie it‘s definitely the location. 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @Reggie 2mo
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Aims42
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OMG! Best Friday ever!! My #bookmail was delivered while I was on lunch so I could enjoy slowly unboxing it; i.e., lovingly look at each cover, read the summaries (even though I‘ve read several times and have them almost memorized), slowly fan open the pages, smell them- y‘know normal stuff 🤣) PS, the cover of “Shrines of Gaiety” is gorgeous!!! 😍

LeahBergen What a lovely stack! 2mo
EvieBee Such a lovely stack! 😍 2mo
EvieBee @leahbergen we think alike! 😆 2mo
Aims42 @EvieBee @LeahBergen LOL! Thank you both! No better way to start the weekend than with a stack of books 😋📚📚📚📚 2mo
LeahBergen @EvieBee 👯‍♀️😆😆 2mo
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TrishB
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My final picks for the reading weekend 😁 and all of the ones on my kindle just in case.

BarbaraBB Great stack! I am looking forward to your thoughts on The Marriage Portrait and The Colony. Enjoy the weekend! 2mo
LeahBergen Have fun! I can‘t wait to see some photos of your shenanigans. 😁 2mo
jlhammar I need to go pick-up the new Atkinson. Can‘t wait! 2mo
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TrishB @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I can‘t wait 😁 2mo
TrishB @jlhammar it looks fab! 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘m bringing The Marriage Portrait too…and I‘m thinking about getting Acts of Oblivion and Shrines of Gaiety. 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain great minds 😁 I definitely can‘t decide what to read first! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Have a great time! Looking forward to everyone‘s posts 🙌 also — LOVED 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Great stack! I hope you all have the most fabulous time! 2mo
TrishB @Chelsea.Poole it sounds fab 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I‘m out of the dark work tunnel and can‘t wait 😁 2mo
Caroline2 Exciting! I hope you have a great weekend. 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts Great Trish ! Have a lovely trip ♥️ 2mo
TrishB @Caroline2 @Cathythoughts thanks both 😘 2mo
CarolynM Have a great weekend💕 2mo
kspenmoll Sounds heavenly! 2mo
Cinfhen How was the weekend?? I totally missed it 🤦🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘m missing the place and people and the actual quiet time to read. It‘s never quiet at home, work is so busy and silence is unheard of! Loved the whole weekend. 2mo
TrishB @CarolynM @kspenmoll it was wonderful 😁 2mo
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kellock
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Love new book day. Especially when it's a Atkinson 🤩

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Tonton
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Get ready for 108 choices for your TBR list! Books slated for last quarter of 2022 and early 2023: https://crimereads.com/the-most-anticipated-crime-books-of-fall-2022-and-beyond/

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ferskner
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🤣🤣🤣

LeslieO Haha! 🙋‍♀️ 3mo
Librarybelle Ouch! I feel burned from that line! 😂 3mo
RamsFan1963 If I could go back and redo my college years again, I'd get a degree in library sciences 3mo
BookishMadHatter 🙋‍♀️ 3mo
RobEdmunds @Librarybelle So do I! 😂 2mo
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Karons1
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I do hope this one makes it to thetv just like life after life ; based on the true story of the sohonightclub owner in the ‘20s Kate Meyrick aka Nellie Coker. Iparticularly loved Frobisherthe detective & thewonderful GwendolynKeeling andhandsome Niven, feisty and toughFreda and disillusioned Florence wonderful ! A sprawling yarn of 20s London the toffs the seedy under world , with wonderful characters ,which all draws to a nail biting brilliantend

TrishB I can‘t wait to read this 😁 4mo
Karons1 @TrishB you are gonna love ❤️ it , enjoy 😊 x x. X 4mo
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Karons1
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Any blurb on this ? I‘m reading an arc and so far not sure 🤔 where it‘s heading … sometimes high rating don‘t conform to the same book your reading !

charl08 Lucky you with the ARC! 4mo
Karons1 @char108 thank you ☺️ il let you know how it goes 😉 4mo
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Mitch
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DGRachel …I will not look at the article. I will not look. I will…🤣🤣 5mo
Ruthiella I preordered from Blackwell‘s! 🤩 5mo
Mitch @DGRachel good try! 🤣 5mo
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TrishB
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Excited for this one 😁

BarbaraBB A new one? 8mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 8mo
charl08 I didn't know there was a new one! How exciting.🤩 8mo
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merelybookish Oh yay! 8mo
jlhammar Wonderful news! Cannot wait. Love Kate Atkinson! 8mo
JillR This completely passed me by! Adding to list… 8mo
LeahBergen Ooo! 8mo
Cathythoughts ‘ May have ‘ …. indeed 😁 8mo
CarolynM Oooo! Fabulous! I hadn't heard about this. Stacked🙂 8mo
Ruthiella OMG, just seeing this post now. I also just preordered it! 😃 8mo
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